Curriculum

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The St James’ teaching and learning model follows the classical model of education, in order to generate in students critical thinking and not just fill them with information. The credibility of the process is a strategy aligned with our goal: To create Citizens of the World with a promising future. The curriculum is divided into core elements aimed to further the development of individuals, highly supported in the English National Curriculum. This method grants both the importance of content and the development of students’ abilities. The student needs above all to master the languages, Portuguese and English, as these are the instrument with which they will have the ability to expose and articulate ideas both in writing and orally. This ensures the maximum development of intellectual capacities facilitating the learning of different subjects, both in Humanities and in Sciences.

St. James’ adds artistic expressions to the curriculum, so that through the different paths they acquire intellectual, moral and aesthetic maturity albeit, not disassociating themselves with an interpretation of the world and mankind. Our aim is to provide children with the best material that civilisation and culture can offer:  this includes the music of Mozart, the language of Shakespeare, the art of Leonardo, the architecture of Souto Moura…  Their beauty and intelligence satisfy pupils emotionally and enable them to develop their own creative powers.

We believe in an imaginative and carefully balanced curriculum which aims to develop the intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of the child, so that they may become independent, responsible, original thinking, confident and considerate members of the community.

We also recognise the important role which parents play in their children’s education and make every effort to encourage parental involvement. Every child is supported to achieve their best in whatever field, whether it is academic, art, sport, dance, music, or drama.  As a school we take note of the National Curriculum but syllabi often extend beyond it.  Each subject is structured to ensure progression in competence and understanding and to allow the child to grow in self-confidence.

  • Delight in the love of learning; learn to be adaptable; solve problems in different situations; work independently and as part of a team; develop an enquiring mind;
  • Develop a belief in their own talents; be enthusiastic and eager to put their best into all activities;
  • Show confidence in their creative powers; communicate their knowledge and feelings through various art forms including art/craft, music and drama;
  • Gain physical strength, confidence and agility in and through movement; know how to apply the basic principles of health, hygiene and safety;
  • Grow in awareness and thoughtfulness; care for and take pride in their school; behave in a dignified and acceptable way and learn to become responsible for their actions; understand moral values, such as honesty, sincerity, truthfulness, on which to base their own behaviour;
  • Value friendships; develop tolerance, respect and appreciation for the feelings and capabilities of others;
  • Appreciate stillness; be happy, cheerful and well balanced.

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